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"We have concluded that when the principle of phyletism (i.e. ecclesiastical nationalism) is juxtaposed with the teaching of the Gospel and the constant practice of the Church, it is not only foreign to it, but also completely opposed, to it. We decree the following in the Holy Spirit: 1. We reject and condemn racial division, that is, racial differences, national quarrels and disagreements in the Church of Christ, as being contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the holy canons of our blessed fathers, on which the holy Church is established and which adorn human society and lead it to Divine piety. 2. In accordance with the holy canons, we proclaim that those who accept such division according to races and who dare to base on it hitherto unheard-of racial assemblies are foreign to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are real schismatics."
Re: Presentation by Fr. Chad Hatfield at the Conference on Religious Freedom
Posted by Al on 6/9/2012, 1:22 am, in reply to "Re: Presentation by Fr. Chad Hatfield at the Conference on Religious Freedom"
Thanks be to God, with our pensions from the US, we are doing OK. Our fellow Parians are suffering from the contraction in the economy and tourism, but keeping a positive attitude. We recently hired two fellows we know to paint the exterior of our house. To show their gratitude for providing them work, every other day they bring us vegetables and fruit from their "farms".
You can't generalize the media items of Athens to the rest of Greece. The unrest is mainly confined to a relatively small area in front of Parliament. Our grandson measured that area on Google Earth, and compared it to the Dallas Cowboy Stadium and parking lots to put it in context for some friends back in TX. Cowboy's real estate is much larger.
Unfortunately, to folks of certain ideological persuasions, Greece and/or Europe must fail in order to support their ideology, and reportage and commentaries often reflect that "hope". We regularly receive sincere, but totally misguided recommendations from friends in the US and UK about what we should do to "protect" our assets.
It took Greece some 40 years to get this far in debt. It isn't going to be repaired in 2 or 3 years. The Greek people know this.
Paros Island, Greece